Here’s how to save on gas for your anniversary holiday over the bank holidays, even though fuel prices could go up again

MOTORING experts have revealed some of their top tips for saving a small fortune on fuel amid fears that petrol prices could start to rise again.

Consumer champions at which? have outlined a number of ways drivers can get more for their money when filling up at gas stations.

Forecourt prices could rise as platinum anniversary celebrations begin


Forecourt prices could rise as platinum anniversary celebrations beginCredit: Alamy

The money-saving tips come as an analysis by car organization AA showed wholesale fuel prices rose by 5p a liter last week, with that price increase expected to be passed on to service stations in around two to three weeks.

That could mean motorists could pay more when the long Platinum Jubilee bank holiday begins in early June.

With that in mind, here are some of the top tips recommended by which?

Drive calmly

Once you’ve filled up your car, a smooth ride can help avoid having to drive back and refuel too soon.

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Accelerate smoothly and evenly and avoid unnecessary full braking – this has a major impact on your fuel consumption.

Which? also suggests skipping gears when driving a manual – shifting directly from second to fourth, for example, when it’s safe to do so.

Empty your trunk

The heavier your car is, the more fuel it uses.

So if your trunk is full of golf clubs or you have an unused bike rack on the roof, lighten the load.

Use a sat nav

They say all roads lead home, but if you take the scenic route, you’ll use a lot more fuel to get there.

Use a satnav or plan the old-fashioned way with a road map to ensure you’re taking the quickest — and most economical — route to your destination.

Modern navigation devices can also display traffic jams and road closures to help you avoid kinks in the plan.

Take care of your car

Tire pressure is an important thing to keep in mind when trying to get your fuel further.

The car’s manual will tell you what pressure your tires should be at, and it’s worth checking regularly.

While you’re at it, make sure you have freshly refilled oil and clean filters in your engine to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.

We looked up how to change your car’s oil and how often it should be done.

Think of an electric car

Of course, one way to avoid rising gas prices is to not use gas at all.

That doesn’t mean you have to dig out your old impeller.

If you are considering a new car, which one? says it might be worth raising prices to see if an EV is worth it for you.

Of course, you also have to consider how to charge the car, which can be difficult if you don’t have a driveway. And other costs can also be considered.

While petrol pump prices are expected to rise, there is no need to stockpile, as was seen in March when prices rose to new highs, but the AA has warned drivers to be prepared for a hike.

The automotive group’s Luke Bosdet said: “Drivers need to brace themselves for increases in fuel costs.”

The news comes as Britons suffer from the cost of living crisis as prices continue to rise across the board.

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations marking the Queen’s 70th reign on the throne will no doubt bring millions to the streets for travel and holidays.

The war in Ukraine caused prices to spike in mid-March as Russia is the world’s third largest oil producer.

But motorists were helped by Chancellor Rishi Sunak when he subtracted 5p per liter of fuel in his mini-March budget.

Mr Bosdet said: “Supermarkets will take longer to pass on the increases because of their contracts and that’s where drivers should go to keep their costs down.”

He added that drivers should adjust their driving style if they want to further reduce costs.

“Drivers can mitigate the effects of pump price hikes,” he said, “by slowing down their speed and smoothing their driving behavior by allowing more space between them and the car in front.

“Smoother acceleration can also save pounds.”

Changing the way you drive can help your tank last longer


Changing the way you drive can help your tank last longerCredit: Alamy

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